East London


Allegra

Best for: πŸ₯‚πŸ½πŸ΄

Nearest tube: Stratford πŸšΆπŸ»β€β™‚οΈ6 mins

Location: On the Stratford Hotel

View: Not much .. though from the garden you can just about see the city

Dress code: πŸ‘šπŸ‘•πŸ‘—πŸ‘–πŸ©΄

Vibe: Understated chic

Prosecco price: 🍾🍾

Food available? Yes

Booking available? Yes

Smoking allowed? No (but yes on a different part of the terrace)

Last visited /photos taken: 2021

Warm/dry weather only? No

Rooftop review roundup: A fabulous hide away for all foodies. This restaurant attention to detail on their menu is a definite draw. Food was exquisite, reasonably priced, perfect service and a lil garden to wander to the views.

Address: The Stratford Hotel, Queen Elizabeth Park, 20 International Way, E20 1FD

Website: Click here

Rooftop extra tip: If you like this rooftop restaurant then you may like Pantechnicon In Knightsbridge


Bokan

Best for: 🍽πŸ₯‚

Nearest tube: Canary Wharf πŸšΆπŸ»β€β™‚οΈ10 mins

Location: Novotel Hotel

View: City of London

Dress code: πŸ‘”πŸ‘–πŸ‘—

Vibe: Sexy, fun and classy

Prosecco price: 🍾🍾🍾

Food available? Yes

Booking available? Yes

Smoking allowed? No

Last visited /photos taken: 2021

Warm/dry weather only? No

Rooftop review roundup: A treasure trove oozing character and chic vibes. The rooftop is the place to hang, drinks with a view and a boujee decadent vibe. The floor below is the bar and below that the restaurant. All with the views and I would fully recommend dinner with a rooftop drink before and after as the food is insanely satiable. Attention to detail, delicious and decant all in one meal!

Address: Novotel Hotel, 40 Marsh Wall, Canary Wharf, E14 9TP

Website: Click here

Rooftop extra tip: For another restaurant with sensational food and views indoors with a rooftop and bar then try Sushi Samba

Chiringuito

Bethnal Green rooftop bar beach vibes

Best for: 🍹πŸ₯‚πŸ₯ƒπŸΈπŸ·

Nearest tube: Bethnal Green – 1 min πŸšΆβ€β™€οΈπŸšΆπŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

Location: Opposite the tube on Victoria Gardens

View: Greenery and local area

Dress code: πŸ‘–πŸ‘šπŸ‘•

Vibe: Beach vibes

Prosecco price: 🍾🍾

Food available? Yes

Booking available? Yes πŸ’•

Last visited /photos taken: 2019

Warm/dry weather only? Yes but there is a bar downstairs – no relation to the Ibiza / Barca bars

Rooftop review roundup: A diamond find – can’t make a beach club buy can have those vibes and summer tunes 🎢

Address: Museum Gardens, Bethnal Green, E2 9PA

Website: Click here

Bethnal Green rooftop bar beach vibes
Bethnal Green rooftop bar beach vibes

Rooftop extra tip: If you like this rooftop then you might also like: The Castle in Angel


Cross Rail Roof Garden

Best for: πŸͺ΄πŸŒ²πŸŒΏπŸŒ³

Nearest tube: Canary Wharf πŸšΆπŸ»β€β™‚οΈ 5 mins

Location: On top of what seems a corporate building

View: Nothing

Dress code: πŸ‘•πŸ‘–πŸ‘Ÿ

Vibe: Family fun

Prosecco price: ❌

Food available? No

Booking available? No

Smoking allowed? No

Last visited /photos taken: 2021

Warm/dry weather only? No (has a cover that can be used)

Rooftop review roundup: Gorgeous micro climate of plants from round the world, pop up installations and fun for kids at various events held here. Small but perfectly placed for something a little different in a concrete jungle it sits within.

Address: Crossrail Place, Canary Wharf, E14 5AB

Website: Click here

Rooftop extra tip: If you like this rooftop garden then try the rooftop St James cafe in St James Park for more greenery.


Dalston Roof Park

Dalston Rooftop bar deck chairs

Best for: 🍹πŸ₯‚πŸ·πŸ»

Nearest tube: Dalston Junction – 1 min πŸšΆβ€β™€οΈDalston Kingsland – 2 mins

Location: On top of an art gallery ‘The Print House’

View: London city

Dress code: Super Casual πŸ‘šπŸ‘–πŸ‘•

Vibe: Friendly and fun

Prosecco price: 🍾🍾🍾

Food available? Just snacks

Booking available? No

Smoking allowed? Yes

Last visited /photos taken: 2019

Warm/dry weather only? Yes though a third of the rooftop is under cover so you could be fine but it is summer only

Rooftop review roundup: Dalston’s only rooftop bar and brought to you by a charity – Bootstrap – all the profits go back into empowering young people and businesses. A rooftop that’s awesome that also does good – that’s a reason enough to go and do your bit by going and enjoying yourself! Plus very unusually it’s open every day mid afternoon onwards!!

Address: The Print House, 18 – 22 Ashwin St, E8 3DL

Website:Click here

Dalston Rooftop bar deck chairs
Dalston Rooftop bar sofas
Dalston Rooftop bar

Rooftop extra tip: If you like this rooftop then you might also like: Queen of Hoxton


Faltering Fullback

garden rooftop falltering fallback pub

Best for: πŸΊπŸ·πŸΎβ˜•οΈπŸ₯Ÿ

Nearest tube: Finsbury Park – 7 mins πŸšΆβ€β™€οΈ

Location: On top of the pub – named the same by Finsbury Park

View: Flowers 🌸 🌷 🌼πŸ₯€πŸŒ·πŸ’

Dress code: Relaxed πŸ‘•πŸ‘–πŸ‘š

Vibe: Pub garden chill

Prosecco price: 🍾🍾

Food available? Thai food 6.30-10.30pm

Booking available? No

Smoking allowed? Yes

Last visited /photos taken: 2019

Warm/dry weather only? No – open all year round and all day too. Even in the rain there’s lots of covered areas to huddle in.

Rooftop review roundup: Cutest treetop style pub rooftop full of flowers. It’s full of nooks and crannies and different areas to hang in, from a private area for 2 to bigger spaces for groups. The thai food is pretty good addition after a day in this gorgeous garden.

Address: 19 Perth Road, N4 3HB

Website: Click here

Faltering Fallback Pub rooftop garden
Faltering Fallback Pub rooftop garden
Faltering Fallback Pub rooftop garden

Rooftop extra tip: If you like this rooftop then you might also like: The Big Chill in Kings Cross


Good Hotel

Best for: πŸ˜‡πŸ₯‚

Nearest tube: Royal Victoria DLR πŸšΆπŸ»β€β™‚οΈ2 mins

Location: On the Hotel

View: Greenwich and 02

Dress code: πŸ‘•πŸ‘šπŸ‘–

Vibe: Chilled tunes

Prosecco price: 🍾🍾

Food available? Light bites

Booking available? No

Smoking allowed? No

Last visited /photos taken: 2021

Warm/dry weather only? Yes

Rooftop review roundup: The ultimate secret sun desk terrace, perfect location for the 02 or London City Airport. It’s not on the main tube lines so uber was my friend and so worth it and this place isn’t just a rooftop on a hotel it’s literally doing good. Reinvesting its profits back into social causes, employing on personality rather than CV to give more people a chance, working with the planet. So really by visiting this rooftop you are giving back and doing good!!

Address: Royal Victoria Dock, E16 1FA

Website: Click here

Rooftop extra tip: If you like this ethos then you may also enjoy Midnight Apothecary blelow where drinking cocktails is really for charity!


Midnight Apothecary

Best for: πŸΈπŸΉπŸ§‰πŸΊ

Nearest tube: Canada Water πŸšΆπŸ»β€β™‚οΈ 8 mins

Location: Brunel Museum

View: The sky!

Dress code: πŸ‘ŸπŸ‘•πŸ‘–

Vibe: Cosy

Prosecco price: 🍾🍾

Food available? Yes – snacks & burgers

Booking available? Yes

Smoking allowed? No

Last visited /photos taken: 2021

Warm/dry weather only? Yes

Rooftop review roundup: The teenist rooftop garden set above the Thames tunnel – the first tunnel in the world under a navigable river where they grow all their own herbs for their cocktails and locally brewed beer. Little toad stools to perch on & fire pits to toast marshmallows and the finest crafted cocktails – it’s like camping with a butler for a few hours. And knowing the profits are for the museum means you can justify a few!

Address: Brunel Museum, Railway Avenue, SE16 4LF

Website: Click here

Rooftop extra tip: If you like this rooftop then you might like the Faltering Fullback pub above


Netil 360

Netil 360 Rooftop bar and lounge. Glitter ball

Best for: πŸ»πŸΉπŸ·πŸ‘©β€πŸ’»πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸ’»

Nearest tube: London Fields – 6 mins πŸšΆβ€β™€οΈBethnal Green (central line) – 18 mins πŸšΆβ€β™€οΈ

Location: On top of Netil House – a block of studios at the bottom of London Fields Park

View: Shard & the city

Dress code: Relaxed πŸ‘šπŸ‘–πŸ‘•

Vibe: Hipster cool

Prosecco price: 🍾🍾 (and it’s on tap!)

Food available? Just snacks

Booking available? No but capacity for 400 so should be fine but may not get a seat when busy

Smoking allowed? Yes

Last visited /photos taken: 2019

Warm/dry weather only? Yes the main grass area is unsheltered but there’s also an indoor area that by day is a work space. Open from April through to December.

Rooftop review roundup: One of the rarer rooftops to open midday through so it’s got points for that. Not the glamorous hotel entrance some rooftops have – this is very much a hipster creative type hang out. Good tunes and a chilled vibe. Plastic cups (tho full marks for bubbles in a plastic flute not a beaker!) There’s a fun young feel but with sweeping views of the city, staff are friendly and is a fab spot for the sun setting to DJ vibes.

Address: 1 Westgate Street, E8 3RL

Website: Click here

Netil 360 Rooftop bar and lounge.
Netil 360 Rooftop bar and lounge.
Netil 360 Rooftop bar and lounge. views of london city

Rooftop extra tip: If you like this rooftop then you might also like: Rooftop at John Lewis


Pergola on the Wharf

Best for: 🍽

Nearest tube: Canary Wharf πŸšΆπŸ»β€β™‚οΈ5 mins

Location: In the cross rail rooftop garden

View: Not much, at the back you have the Thames

Dress code: πŸ‘—πŸ‘Ÿ

Vibe: Bustling

Prosecco price: 🍾🍾

Food available? Yes

Booking available? Yea

Smoking allowed? No

Last visited /photos taken: 2021

Warm/dry weather only? No

Rooftop review roundup: Brand new for June 2021 this rooftop has taken over this site and turned it into its famed for floral Pergola insta haven. The main restaurant is enclosed but round the decking is where the true rooftop outdoor vibe lies, with high table at the back – feeling like the back of a boat!

Address: Crossrail, Canary Wharf, E14 5AR

Website: Click here

Rooftop extra tip: If you like this brunch vibe then you have to check out its sister rooftop restaurant Pergola over west London!


Roof East

Roof East rooftop bar Strafford London

Best for: πŸΊπŸΎβ›³οΈπŸ₯…πŸŽ±πŸŽ₯

Nearest tube: Statford – 1 min πŸšΆβ€β™€οΈ

Location: On top of the old original shopping centre.

View: The city

Dress code: Casual πŸ‘–πŸ‘•πŸ‘š

Vibe: FUN

Prosecco price: 🍾🍾

Food available? Yes lots of street food stalls

Booking available? Yes

Smoking allowed? In certain areas

Last visited /photos taken: 2019

Warm/dry weather only? No as it has 2 marquees to hide in but a lot of the activities wouldn’t be on if it was raining

Rooftop review roundup: This is fun with a capital F! Bowling, crazy golf, baseball, a cinema, yoga all on a roof with amazing views. Ideal for groups, after work fun or something different for a celebration. It’s like it’s own little world in the sky. (Oh and very unusually has parking should you be driving)

Address: Stratford Multi Storey, E15 1BB

Website: Click here

Roof East rooftop bar Strafford London golf buggie, mini crazy golf
Roof East rooftop bar Strafford London bowling alley
Roof East rooftop bar Strafford London deck chairs

Rooftop extra tip: If you like this rooftop then you might also like: Fight Club in Victoria


Skylight

Skylight rooftop, wapping London views of london city

Best for: πŸ₯‚πŸ·πŸΈ

Nearest tube: Shadwell – 7 mins πŸšΆβ€β™€οΈWapping – 10 mins πŸšΆπŸ»β€β™‚οΈTower bridge – 17 mins πŸšΆβ€β™€οΈ

Location: Along the highway, above a disused car Park!

View: The city

Dress code: Chilled

Vibe: Tunes and fun

Prosecco price: 🍾🍾

Food available? Yes

Booking available? Yes

Smoking allowed? Yes

Last visited /photos taken: 2021

Warm/dry weather only? Yes – they do have some cover in some of the huts and in winter much more catered for.

Rooftop review roundup: Don’t let the shlep out of the central London bubble put you off – it’s worth the effort. (Though if it is a journey for you I would book – whilst it’s free to walk in most of the time and a big venue, it’s worth guaranteeing your spot) The views are spectacular, there’s a summer beach vibe (minus an actual beach), day beds and garden booths to be booked and igloos in the winter! By summer lawn games available and by winter an ice rink. A fabulous all rounder rooftop.

Address: Tobacco Dock, Paddington st entrance, E1W 2SF

Website: Click here

Skylight rooftop, wapping London views of london city
Skylight rooftop, wapping London views of london city
Skylight rooftop, wapping London views of london city

Rooftop extra tip: If you like this rooftop then you might also like: Franks in Peckham


Sunborn

Best for: πŸ₯‚πŸ½ πŸ’€

Nearest tube: Royal Victoria DLR πŸšΆπŸ»β€β™‚οΈ2 mins

Location: On the Thames

View: Greenwich and 02

Dress code: πŸ‘šπŸ‘•πŸ‘—πŸ©΄πŸ‘™πŸ©±

Vibe: Chill

Prosecco price: 🍾🍾

Food available? Yes

Booking available? For the restaurant

Smoking allowed? No

Last visited /photos taken: 2021

Warm/dry weather only? Yes

Rooftop review roundup: So technically this isn’t a rooftop per say…. BUT I am sneaking it in as a) I included it’s sister in Gibraltar as one as it has a rooftop pool on the top deck so felt the London one should make the cut even if it’s sans a pool. B) It is outdoor and high and with fabulous views on top of a boat and does feel like you are on holiday!

Address: Royal Victoria Dock, E16 1AA

Website: Click here

Rooftop extra tip: If you like this then check out its sister In Gibraltar